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making news on this friday, april 30th. state of emergency. the slow-moving oil in the gulf of mexico, begins lapping up on shore, headed first for the waterways of louisiana. >> now, the race against time to protect hundreds of animal species and countless jobs in the fishing industry. also, new weapon. doctors excited about a new tool in the fight against an especially deadly cancer. good morning. thanks for being with us on this friday. the fragile ecosystem of the mississippi river delta is under attack this morning. oil from that massive slick began washing ashore overnight. >> here's the very latest. the oil sheen has reached land. but thicker oil, as thick as
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mayonnaise, is about five miles offshore. the white house has dispatched janet napolitano and ken salazar to the region today. >> high winds are hushing the oil towards shore. and it will reach more populated areas by the weekend. we start with john hendren in venice, louisiana. >> reporter: it's visible from space. and heading toward shore with a fragile gulf coast that could be felt nationwide. >> this is a spill of national significance. >> reporter: the spill is gushing up to 210,000 gallons of oil per day. five-times previous estimates. at that rate, it will eclipse the exxon valdez spill, the worst spill in u.s. history, in about five days. >> use every resource at our disposal. >> reporter: that likely won't be enough. the oil spill now poses an
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immediate threat to the bayou, fragile fisheries and wildlife. the workers are using booms, chemicals and soon experimental techniques. >> we're fabricating a sub sea collection system, that will go into place in the next two to three weeks. it's been used in shallow water. but never at these depths. >> reporter: the coast guard hoped to stop the oil from reaching shore like this. setting it on fire. but high winds made it too dangerous. >> blowing that oil into the bayous, somebody's got to be able to draw a line in the sand. >> reporter: leaving residents of a region dependent on energy and fishing, fearing what each new day will bring. much of this might have been avoided if the deepwater horizon's rig had a remotely operated shutoff valve. in many countries, they are mandatory. the u.s. is not one of them. jeremy and vinita? >> our thanks to john hendren. this crisis is drawing
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comparisons to the dpon valdez disaster. >> vast shorelines and hundreds of animal species, from seafood to shore birds, are in peril. weather editor, sam champion, is there. >> reporter: this part of the gulf of mexico, is an area of incredible bio diversity. if it cannot be contained, it threatens up to 400 species of wildlife. >> the louisiana coast there has about 40% of the u.s. wetland area. so, it's a spawning ground for fisheries. it's an area for birds. wildlife habitats and so on. >> reporter: to keep the toxic oil from reaching shore, cleanup crews are using oil booms. here's how they work. the boom is a long plastic float. one side is weighted down. the other side is inflatable, so it sits above the water. after it's contained, the oil can be skimmed or burned off.
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but only 33 miles of booms have been deployed while 300 miles of coastline are under threat. michelle kelley coordinates animal rescues at the autobahn aquarium in new orleans. she and her team are bracing for an onslaught of affected wildlife. they're able to wash the oil off the animals. but it's the oil that's ingested that's the concern. >> for all of the animals, the oil affects their lung and is toxic. it can cause a high toxicity level. and at that time, they can die from exposure from it. >> reporter: that happened after the exxon valdez spill. though this spill may be bigger, it could be easier to clean up. the valdez was carrying heavy crude oil. but the gulf spill is a different type of oil, light, sweet crude. sam champion, venice, louisiana. >> sam and a team of abc reporters are there this morning. we'll have the latest coming up on "good morning america."
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there has been another bizarre attack on children in china this morning. the third this week. a man attacked a group of kindergarten students with a hammer in eastern china. five children were injured. and then, he poured gasoline over his body and lit himself on fire. it was the fifth attack on schoolchildren in the last month. a mine collapse in western kentucky has taken the lives of two miners. the men were found dead yet, about four miles from the surface. the mine where they were working has a long history of safety problems. it's been cited 840 times since january 2009. during that time, portions of the mine have been closed 11 times. and in west virginia, the owners of the coal mine where 29 men died earlier this month, are offering each family a $3 million cash settlement. massey energy has also offered them a large insurance payout, family health coverage, and college payments for children. the families say taking the money will not bar them from
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legal action. we know of president obama's first interview of a potential supreme court nominee. thomas is 56. he was nominated to the bench in 1995 and was confirmed without a fight in the senate. and the president was among those shedding tears at the funeral of civil rights leader dorothy height. hundreds gathered to honor height yesterday at washington's national cathedral. in his eulogy, the president put height among the pioneers of the civil rights movement. >> they are leaders whose legacies we teach. they are giants who fill our history books. while dr. dorothy height deserves a place in this pantheon. she, too, deserves a place in our history books. >> height led the national council for negro women for decades. she died last week. dorothy height was 98 years old. now, for this morning's weather from around the nation. stormy in the middle of the
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country, from texas to wisconsin. heavy rain, hail, gusty winds and a chance of tornados in the twin cities, des moines, little rock and houston. windy in the southwest today. heavy mountain snow from colorado to montana. and summer-like on the east coast. >> 70s from boston to baltimore. 81 in miami. a wet 65 in minneapolis. 85 in dallas. 50s in the pacific northwest. sacramento will climb to 71. and salt lake city will only hit 48. up next, the deal to create the world's largest airline takes a big step forward. then, before the goldman grilling, lehman took the stand. now, new reports. did the ceo lie about his nine-figure payday? and get ready to see a lot more from starbucks.
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we're expected to get fresh evidence this morning that the economy is picking up steam. a government report is expected to show the economy expanded for the third-straight quarter, growing at a rate of 3.4% over the first three months of the year. a big reason for that growth, americans are opening their wallets, as they become more confident about the recovery. the justice department is reviewing the s.e.c.'s fraud charges against goldman sachs to determine if a full-scale criminal investigation is warranted. prosecutors are in the preliminary stages of reviewing the case, which is focused on the firm's mortgage deals. goldman's top executives denied any wrongdoing during hours of heated testimony by a senate panel earlier this week. the former ceo of lehman
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brothers could find himself in hot water. a month after his firm went bankrupt in 2008, dick fuld was dragged before congress. under oath, he told lawmakers he earned $300 million at the bank. but a lawyer says that fuld understated his pay by $200 million. overseas stock markets higher across the board this morning. tokyo's nikkei average rose 1.2% today. hong kong's hang seng is higher. in london, the ftse opened higher. on wall street, the dow gained 122 points yesterday. and the nasdaq index climbed 40 points. connell innocent and united airlines are expected to announce on monday they are merging. the deal would create the world's largest airline, leapfrogging delta. the combined company would be called united and based in chicago, unite's current home base. insurance company anthem blue cross has shelved plans to raise rates for californians by as much as 39%. the company drew criticism for
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proposing those hikes. president obama even spoke out about them during the health care debate. the changes follow an audit, where anthem had no data to justify the raise in premiums. a new ap report, line 2, aims to fill the gaps in at&t coverage, to allow users to make calls using wi-fi. it involves a second phone number, conference calling and a number of other features. "usa today's" ed baig, says the ap is impressive, though will are some drawbacks. >> unlike skype, there's no instant messaging and text messaging. and the phone is supposed to make a handoff when you move have a wi-fi network to a cellular network, or vice versa. that didn't always work. overall, line 21 a nice ap. and a nice solution for folks who are having trouble with at&t. >> you can read ed's full review on usatoday.com. starbucks seem to be on
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every street corner. soon, it may take over the shelves of the supermarket. it's rolling out its via instant coffee in supermarkets. and "the wall street journal" reports starbucks has a pipeline of new products that will appear in grocery aisles in the next 18 months. >> if there's too long a line, go to the grocery store. >> if you can't find a starbucks. i can't imagine how you could not find one. >> that's right. coming up next on this friday, the breakthrough in the fight against prostate cancer. doctors are calling it a first. then, the pooch loose on a chicago highway. and it wasn't the first time.
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now, for a look at your morning road conditions. wet and flooded highways from the gulf coast to the upper midwest. parts of i-10, 80, 70 and 94. snow-covered roads from colorado to. >> matt:. and gusty winds and blowing dust could cause problems for drivers
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in the southwest. >> if you're flying today, expect airport delays in minneapolis, chicago, kansas city, memphis, dallas, houston and los angeles. well, there is a groundbreaking, new weapon in the fight against cancer. the fda has approved the first-ever vaccine for prostate cancer. it uses the body's own immune system to fight tumors. and researchers say that holds great promise for treating other cancers, too. david muir has the story. >> reporter: doctors said this is a real first. a cancer drug that uses your own immune system to attack the cancer. it will be used in men with advanced prostate cancer. but there is immediate hope it can be used in other cancers, too. here's how it works. the doctors extract white blood cells. those are shipped to a lab where they are mixed with two, key proteins. one acts with your immune cells. the other protein comes from the prostate cancer. once it comes in, it gives you
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immune cells specific targets to attack. the immune cells mixed with the proteins are returned to the doctor and injected back into the patient. >> this is something investigators have been trying decades to try to accomplish. that is to try to use the immune system to fight cancer. >> reporter: in studies, the therapy actually helped men with advanced prostate cancer live, on average, four months longer. but doctors point out, it helps some patients live years longer. and the hope is, in combination with chemotherapy this, drug could help patients live even longer. but the drug will very expensive. at least a $50,000 price tag for treatment. and even the drugmaker admits it will likely be overwhelmed with demand in the beginning. this vaccine treatment, preveng, as it's called says in five years, we could hear the same science being applied to other cancers. while it's expensive, there's real hope it can help others,
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too. a chilling jailhouse interview if the convicted sex offender who pled guilty to raping and murdering two teenage girls near san diego. john gardner says he hates himself for killing chelsea king and amber dubois. he said he knew what he was doing but doesn't stop himself. gardner will get life without parole instead of the death penalty. he says he doesn't care if he dies. president obama's taking immigration reform off the table, at least for now. the president says lawmakers may not have the appetite to take on such a hot-button issue in an election year. meanwhile, another high-profile activist is bashing arizona's new immigration law. speaking in phoenix, singer shakira, says the law goes against all human dignity and principles of most americans she knows. it's official, women will serve on submarines. the navy announced the first group of women will begin 15 months of training this summer. all of them will be officers. women have served on surface ships for 16 years.
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but cramped quarters put subs offlimits. the first round series of the nba playoffs could be wrapped up tonight. espn news has the action on the hardwood and the ice. >> good morning, america. i'm steve weissman with your espn news update. a couple series in the nba looking to get closed out on thursday. spurs, trying to close out the series against the mavs. second quarter, up big. tony parker, pick and roll, with tim duncan. that's what they do. timmy finished with 17 points. under four to play in the fourth. spurs up five. manu ginobili to george hill. that's worth three. hill had 21 points, 6 boards. mark cuban, not a happy man. spurs win it. they get the series victory, 4-2 games. amare stoudemire and the suns looking to close out their series against the trail blazers. third quarter, blazers down seven. martell webster, 3 of his 19 off the bench. four-point game. fourth quarter. blazers tide on free throw. stoudamire, in the lane for a
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couple. he had 22. it's a two-point lead for phoenix. now, up six. jason richardson, from saginaw with love. led all scorers with 28. suns by nine. advance to the second round. on the ice, timmy howard and the red wings, bombarded by the sharks in game one. big joe thornton, finds dany heatley. first goal of the playoffs. 2-0, san jose. to the third. now up 3-2. dan boyle, to little joe pavelski. fourth-straight game with a goal. he has seven in the postseason. under 30 to play. red wings down one. they pull their goalie. nick lindstrom can't beat nab calve. sharks take the game 4-3. lead the series 1-3. that's a look at your sports highlights. i'm steve weissman. back to you in new york. >> our thanks to espn news. the next one will leave you wondering, what was he thinking? a black pit bull dodged cars on
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the eisenhower expressway. he dodged police on the first day. >> on the second, they lured him to the seat of a squad car and took him to a vet. officials believe he's not a stray. they're waiting for the owner to come claim him. he's in the doghouse, whoever the owner is. that dog got loose, not once, but twice. >> how lucky is he? coming up, we'll update the morning's big story next. oil from the gulf of mexico rig collapse coming onshore. plus, you'll hear today, oprah winfrey's challenge to drivers everywhere. a deep ache all over. i found out that connected to our muscles are nerves that send messages through the body. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia, thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain. so now i can do more of what i love.
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the government is step into help. homeland secretary janet napolitano and security secretary, ken salazar, will be there today. consumers loosened purse strings this, giving the economy a big boost. people of dozens of organizations have arrived in china for the sang high expo. tens of thousands of soldiers and police and over 1 million volunteers are on-hand. and oprah winfrey is leading up a national day of awareness, aimed at ending distracted driving. no phone zone rallies will be held around the country today. and oprah joins us live to talk about the no-phone zone, later on "good morning america." plus, moms with hidden habits. turning to drinking to help juggle kids, husbands and jobs. they open up about their battle with alcoholism, later on "gma." >> for. now, for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, "america
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finally from us this morning, in her own words. the woman at the center of the scandal that brought down john edwards' political career breaks her silence. >> rielle hunter opened up to
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oprah winfrey, talking about everything from edwards to his wife and the infamous sex tape. here's diana alvear. >> homewrecker? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: in her first television interview, rielle hunter sat down with oprah winfrey, to talk about her affair, with former presidential candidate, john edwards. >> a lot of people brought into the myth of the marriage. and it was so perfect. and so wonderful. and i destroyed it. >> reporter: hunter said she initially wanted to help edwards be a better man. >> he wanted to be more authentic the hep wanted to live a life of truth. >> reporter: their relationship soon became intimate. >> what part of you could make that okay then? >> because he was available. and their marriage had problems for many, many years. >> reporter: hunter learned she was pregnant in july of 2007. >> so, when john edwards is renewing his vows with elizabeth edwards. >> yeah. >> he knows that you are pregnant? >> yeah.
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>> did john edwards ever ask you to get an abortion? >> never. never. >> reporter: publicly, edwards denied paternity. hunter said he pressured her to claim the father was really his assistant, andrew young. >> my biggest mistake -- i made a big mistake to go along with it. >> reporter: another regret, not destroying the sex tape she made with edwards. >> why didn't i burn it? >> reporter: but when it comes to whom the affair may have hurt -- >> i think i hurt elizabeth. you would have to ask elizabeth that. i don't know. >> reporter: there was one question hunter wouldn't answer. >> what's the status of your relationship now? >> it's private, oprah. >> reporter: diana alvear, abc news. >> she also addresses the "gq" photos that everyone is talking about. she wanted to feel sexy. she wanted to feel beautiful. >> very controversial pictures. >> she does regret them now. >> after the fact. that's what's making news on "america this morning." >>

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